The following is correspondence from a
long time reader and former occultist, who had been heavily
involved in many aspects of the New Age. This person, when first
dialoguing with me, could not bring themselves to touch let
alone read the Word of God. God's mercy is far reaching and this
person is growing beyond being a babe in the Lord, but has
discernment many long time Christians lack.
articles, the following thoughts were sent to me, although
the reader has never actually perused The Message itself,
nor other writings by it's author. This is the readers reaction
to the compiled verses, based on the reader's own knowledge and
experiences in the occult, and is totally that reader's opinion
Sent: Thu 5/18/2006 11:05 AM
Subject: New age/occult terminology in
I haven't read The Message, but most of those few quotes you
listed are 100% Pagan and occultic and they read as though ... trying to "occultify" the Bible.
The god of green hope is probably the Green Man, Dionysus, etc.
"god colors" is a Pagan concept used by Wiccans and Masons and
possibly by Satanists. I assume you have Hidden Secrets of the
Eastern Star, which describes the use of certain colors in craft
religions. Red, white and blue are apparently witchcraft
colors, which may explain why so many nations have red, white
and blue flags.
Light-bearer is an explicit English direct translation of
Lucifer, which is Latin. The Greek word is Phosphor. "I will
make you light-bearers" is like David Spangler's Luciferic
initiation which all humans must accept to become god or what
have you. Satan is manifesting as an angel of light to these
poor people who don't realize which god they are worshipping.
As Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, "Ye worship ye know not
what", which is truly frightening since people are doing it
currently on a grand scale in Western culture.
"Entering light" and "light path" are Tarot and Masonic
terminology. At least two of the authors of the most common
Tarot decks, Arthur Edward Waite and Aleister Crowley, were
Masons and occultists. The Sun card usually has a glowing sun
with a face in it ("with your face shining sun-joy").
Standing in circles is of course a Pagan and Ritual Magick
practice. Magicians cast a spell of "protection" so the demons
they conjure won't destroy them--they cast a spell using evil
spirits to protect them from evil spirits. Can Satan cast out
Chaos Magick is a religion in which a lot of role-playing
gamers, online and offline, are engaging.
"Primordial ooze" is used by the religion of evolutionism to
refer to the random organic compounds in the ocean whence humans
The invisible moving the visible is what happens in
poltergeist activity, Ouija and other demonic manifestations.
When I was in elementary school a demon or demons violently
shook my bed at night. This was probably because my father was
involved in occult religions and either his sister or aunt was a
witch who according to my father was trying to do an incantation
over my head.
... I recognize a lot of the occult
terminology and practices in them from my own experiences with
that "great invisible spirit" of divination. If it isn't Satan
himself, it's one of his underlings. Since my family and I
started reading Psalms and singing hymns in the car when we take
my mom to the doctor, Satan keeps shoving occultism, psychics,
astrology and Tarot in my face. ...I keep seeing ads for stuff
connected with dragons--the magickal, mythological kind, not
merely big snakes or lizards (which I think are the dragons
mentioned in the Old Testament). ... I finally realized that
focusing on reading Scripture and singing hymns with my family
quashes my taste for occultism. The Holy Spirit is obviously
more powerful than all of those created spirits who rebelled
against their Almighty Creator.
Anyhow, back to the article: "Divine guardians" sounds like a
euphemism for "familiar spirits", aka totems, power animals,
spirit guides, etc. I definitely had at least one familiar
...and I think I had a spirit of divination ("divine" guardian)
because I used to be clairaudient and precognizant.
That stuff about the One, the divine christ, calling Christ a
"messenger" (angel) etc both reduces Christ to the level of
CREATED angels and prepares people to accept a false christ.
The "mystery message" finally brought to light is a Masonic
concept and is the basis of the Major Arcana in the most
commonly used Tarot deck, the Waite deck. All of that
"god-self" stuff is the oldest lie in human history and it
hasn't changed since the serpent first spoke it in Genesis.
... "Engraved stones" include rune stones (which were the first
thing I thought of when I saw that phrase), and apparently other
religions than Norse Paganism and Wicca use engraved stones of
some kind. I used to like writing in runes before I found out
they were always connected with occult religion generally and
Visualizing, guided imagery and blanking your mind are excellent
ways to invite demons into your life. The demon finds your mind
blank and re-enters with seven spirits more evil than itself.
I've done all of those three and more when I was a kid going to
those self-help seminars which my dad thought were good for our
"self-esteem". LSD can accomplish the same purpose. When I was
going to college a "friend" gave me some pot that I am positive
was laced with LSD. I kept hearing the phrase in my head, "This
is the world of the spirits" during my bad trip. Dropping acid
can introduce you to Hindu spirits and lead you to practice
Hinduism, e.g. the Beatles, a lot of other hippies and even
Albert Hofmann, the scientist who first synthesized LSD.
I used to believe in luck, fortune and fate (Fortuna and the
Fates are goddesses/demonesses from mythology aka Greco-Roman
Paganism), and I wore talismans such as a hammer of Thor
pendant, trying to convince myself that they were "protecting"
me--from what, I dunno. I used to think that a rabbit's foot
was good luck (it obviously wasn't for the poor rabbit), and
that the messages in fortune cookies could come true!--this is
when I was a kid, and, uh, fortunately I stopped believing those
superstitions. I used to be a fatalist, too, wanting to believe
that everything that happened was MEANT to happen.
I've never been able to read very much of Rick Warren's stuff or
even articles about it because reading it is like listening to
white noise. It makes my head feel "fuzzy", like a radio
between channels. This alone is probably a warning sign because
God is not the author of confusion. ...
I think it is very true that people will read anything written
about the Bible but they are unwilling to read the Bible
itself. All of these pop psychology, self-esteem, feel-good,
plagiarized-from-Paganism, syncretized versions of "christianity"
and "the Bible" make my head spin. I see explicitly why God
told Paul to write 2 Cor 11:13: But I fear, lest by any means,
as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds
should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in
The serpent is still at it. It seems as though there is more
perverted Christianity now than there was in the 60s and 70s.
It would rule if I could find a non-ecumenical,
straight-from-the-KJV church, but I wonder if any of them still
exist, especially in my occult-loving country where craft is
prospering (Paganism/Witchcraft and Masonic religion) in the
land. Brainwashed Americans are already rejoicing that next
month will include June 6, 2006 aka 666. ..."
Upon reading the letter, the reader again
...When I started reading the articles I
couldn't believe that people are calling The Message a "Bible"
at all. It reads more like a grimoire. Those various Pagan
and occult "code words" in the passages you listed are obvious
to people familiar with Pagan and Masonic mystery religions
but most people wouldn't be aware of their sources....
And: Correction on "666":
The source of all the 6 + 6 + 06 ads
that have recently sprung up everywhere. Somebody made a
remake of a satanic movie (The Omen) and the production
compainy said that releasing it on 6/6/06/ would make a great
marketing gimmick. Nearly all movies in the USA are released
on either Wednesday or Friday. The Omen will be released on a
Tuesday 6/6/06 falls on a Tuesday. One blasphemous preview
on a fan site states "With less than 20 days until His Day
comes ("His" and "Day" are capitalized!), Fox is ramping up
the publicity." http://omenchronicles.com/
I looked up the phrase "the omen" with the number 6 not in
parentheses and got a lot of results referring to the "666" ad
I'm sorry to pester you because I am so
happy you printed my observations but it would rule if you
could append some of this explanation to the article, because
the way I wrote it makes it sound as though a lot of Americans
are rejoicing because 2006 contains the date 6/6/06! I ought
to have "proofread" that sentence more thoroughly. ..."
Another reader wrote after reading this letter and regarding Peterson's use of
"God of green hope" and the above reference, "The god of green hope is probably the Green Man, Dionysus, etc.":
I did a quick search for
"green man" and came up with the link below.
That information references the following
"The Green Man is that spirit energy,
presence, inherent in every cell of the vegetative realm, and
transmitted to the animal/human realms through the food we
eat, ...He is Pan...."
Referring to various sites that promote or
discuss the various concepts of the Green Man, one site
mentioned, "His Green Man site, "The Gaia Counterpart: The Green
Man," ... He also has icon-images for such things as Yggdrasil,
cherubs, the phoenix, and the androgyne..."
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